Ten turns to capital raising

The Ten Network is raising $200 million to strengthen its balance sheet through the offer of new shares to existing shareholders.

The fund raising is an important step in the broadcaster’s turnaround strategy, chairman Lachlan Murdoch says.

“Given the uncertain revenue environment and our strategy of investing in programming renewal, the board felt it was important to strengthen our balance sheet at this time,” he said in a statement today.

Ten will offer its shareholders three new shares for every eight held, at a price of 51 cents each.

Ten’s shares are in a trading halt to allow for the capital raising and last traded at 64 cents.

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